bp delivers first cargo from expanded Tangguh LNG facility offshore Indonesia

October 22, 2023

(WO) – bp, on behalf of the Tangguh production sharing contract partners, announced that the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced by the new third liquefaction train at the Tangguh LNG facility, in Papua Barat, Indonesia, has safely been loaded and sailed, to be delivered to Indonesia’s state-owned power generator PT PLN (Persero). This marks the start of full commercial operation of the expanded Tangguh LNG facility.

The start-up of Tangguh Train 3 will add 3.8 million tonnes per annum (MMtpa) of LNG production capacity to the existing two-train facility, bringing total plant capacity to 11.4 MMtpa. The first cargo of LNG produced by the new train sailed from Tangguh on Oct. 18 to be delivered to PLN’s regasification facility in Arun, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam province, Indonesia.

Dwi Soetjipto, chairman of SKK Migas, Indonesia’s oil and gas regulatory agency, said, “With its expanded production capacity, the Tangguh facility will play a vital role in helping to meet Indonesia’s growing energy demand, total gas production at Tangguh is expected to account for over a third of national gas production.”

“Tangguh is the largest LNG producer in Indonesia and the production from Tangguh's three-train operation will significantly contribute to the national gas production target of 12 Bcfgd by 2030.”

In addition to the new train, the Tangguh expansion project included construction of two offshore platforms, 13 new production wells, an LNG loading facility, and supporting infrastructure. At its peak, more than 13,500 workers were involved in the project’s development at the remote site, with a total of more than 155 million workhours spent to complete the project.

Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, bp’s EVP, gas and low carbon energy said, “Tangguh is important both to bp and to Indonesia. It is expected to account for more than a third of the country’s gas production and make a significant contribution to meeting the country’s growing needs for reliable and affordable energy. For bp, building our gas and LNG business is central to our strategy as we transform to an integrated energy company, investing in today’s hydrocarbon energy system as well as growing new lower carbon businesses.”

The Tangguh expansion is the third major project start-up for bp globally in 2023, following start of production from the Mad Dog II project in the US Gulf of Mexico and from the MJ field off the east coast of India.

Since beginning operations in 2009, Tangguh has worked to create positive social and economic impacts through comprehensive community development programs. Train 3 will further enhance this, with a portion of the gas committed for electrification in Papua Barat, and the project aims to continue to increase the proportion of Papuans in Tangguh’s workforce from 73% today to meet its commitment of 85% by 2029.

Tangguh LNG is located in Teluk Bintuni Regency in the Papua Barat Province of Indonesia. It has been in operation since 2009 and now consists of offshore gas production facilities supplying three 3.8 MMtpa liquefaction trains.

The Tangguh expansion project involved 17,500 tonnes of structural steel (more than the weight of two Eiffel Towers) and used 70,000 m3 of concrete (equivalent to the volume of 28 Olympic-sized swimming pools).

With Train 3 completed and operational, the Tangguh partners are making progress towards next planned phase of development at Tangguh – the UCC project that includes the adoption of carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) technology to help reduce CO2 emissions.

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